Cuttack: Two student groups of Subhadra Mahatab College in Nischintakoili of Cuttack district are on the verge of confrontation over an invitation to local legislator and Health Minister Pratap Jena to the annual function of the institution.
While additional general secretary of the students' union Achutyananda Lenka has threatened to commit suicide if Minister Jena attends the college annual function tomorrow, president of the union Raiguru Prasannajit Mohapatra and vice president Ranjan Kumar Khuntia said they would self immolate themselves if the minister is not invited.
Lenka alleged local BJD leaders are unnecessarily interfering in the affairs of the college. He has informed the College principal, DGP, Cuttack Collector and Higher Education Minister in writing about his decision.
Lenka stated, "As the college annual function is not a political programme, the minister should not be invited."
On the other hand, Raiguru Prasannajit Mohapatra, president of the students' union, said, "We want to invite the college's governing body president Pratap Jena to the function to safeguard the interests of the college. If he is not invited, we will self-immolate ourselves on the college premises."
Principal of the Subhadra Mahatab College Sarat Kumar Padhy said, "Faculty members of the college will meet the guardians of the students and will discuss the matter. We will do all possible to ensure a peaceful annual function."
BJD's Nischintakoili block president Ramakanta Mohanty said, "If any student wants to oppose Jena's visit, there is a different forum for that."